Farm Policy Roundup – June 14, 2013

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This week, the United States Senate passed the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2013. The bipartisan vote was 66-27, with 18 Republicans joining the Democrats in the majority.  American Farmland Trust praised the Senate for passing the bill which includes reattaching conservation compliance with crop insurance premium assistance.

House Farm Bill Consideration

Attention now focuses on the House of Representatives, which will begin floor consideration of the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013 next week. American Farmland Trust joined with a group of over 190 organizations calling for the House to pass a comprehensive 5-year farm bill.

Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, made news by announcing he would vote for the farm bill to be able to “make sure the good work of the Agriculture Committee gets to a conference.” House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., said today he “looks forward to a full debate on the floor.” The Majority Leader has included the farm bill on the legislative calendar for next week, with floor consideration beginning on Tuesday, June 18.

Exactly how the bill will be considered on House floor for debate and the number of amendments that might be considered is still unknown. The House Rules Committee is expected to meet early next week to determine how the House will proceed with debate on the bill. The committee has set a 2PM amendment deadline for Monday, June 17.

You Can Help!

American Farmland Trust continues to work to ensure the Thompson-Fortenberry conservation compliance amendment is successful on the House floor. We are walking the halls of Congress to get support for the bill, but we need your help! Visit the American Farmland Trust Action Center today to contact your representative.

Free Farm Bill Webinar

And if you need more information on the latest farm bill activity, be sure to register for our free webinar What to Expect When You are Expecting a Farm Bill to be held this Monday, June 17 at 1 PM ET.

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  • Random Quote

    Changes in the 2012 Farm Bill appear both likely and may be significant, if not radical. Our country’s economic situation will be the most significant driver and agent of change in the 2012 Farm Bill. — Jon Scholl, President, American Farmland Trust